Greens Update

Green aerification began yesterday morning under cloudy skies that quickly produced rain.  Seven greens all on the front 9 currently have holes in them without top dressing applied.  The decision to wait for drier weather will allow us to keep the back side open(without holes) for play the next few days.  The plan is to get the back side done on Thursday or Friday depending on the weather.  We will keep you informed as to our progress via email.

This Week on the Course

A mild winter and an early spring has gotten us off to one of our fastest starts ever. We’ve already mowed once and in some instances twice.  It’s also allowed us to realign some tees that we’ll continue to recontour through mowing.

The full crew returned yesterday and we dove right into edging and evening out the traps in preparation for new sand. Seventy ton white sand is coming in over the next three days and as long as the weather allows, we’ll be filling in traps all across the course. In a few weeks the sand will settle and compact.

Next week we plan on dethatching the greens. The process involves cutting two directions, which removes accumulated thatch that helps the grass grow stronger and be less susceptible to disease. Water, air and other nutrients can then reach the root system better.

Over the winter we removed 28 trees, most of which were ash trees damaged or dying from the ash borer. A number of the trees were removed from the woods next to the clubhouse.

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Aerification Progress

All 18 Greens were aerified, cleaned off, and topdressed on Tuesday, September 8th. Expect the greens to be healed and back to speed in a few weeks.

Unfortunately, the weather did not and will not allow for the Fairways to be aerified this week. This part of aerification will be pushed to October after we’ve hopefully gotten enough rain to replenish our reservoirs (aka. our lakes).

Thank you to all our members for their patience and understanding.

This Week on the Course

We’re getting ready for the Invitational and everything should be in tip top shape.

We finished up #18 tees, moving the yardage rock from the old tee to the new and setting a post for the ballwasher. The stumps beside #5 green are ground down, as well as beside #16. We also finished the landscape along the new cart path by #17 green.

We sprayed wetting agent on the green banks due to the lack of rain.  Luckily, the only other spraying we’ve done in the last week has been preventative. Pretty soon we’ll be spraying for Japanese Beetle Grubs.

Good Golfing! Keep it in the short grass!

This Week on the Course

We planted 12 river birch trees including 7 on #5 and 3 behind #7 tee. Cart paths are all buttoned up and seeded. Please try to keep carts out of the fresh dirt while the seeds take.

Wednesday and Saturday we will be rolling the greens. The proannia seed is almost completely off the greens now, so they should be speeding up. We did a light verticut yesterday to also help speed up the greens.

Notice to golfers: please refrain from using bug spray while on the short grass (tees, greens, and fairways). On a hot day the chemicals will singe the grass, like spraying round up on hot grass.

Pro tip: If you treat your grass for crabgrass, now would be the time to do it.

Good golfing! Keep it in the short grass!

 

This Week on the Course

Cart paths on #17 and around #16 tee to the practice range were paved yesterday, as well as patch work around the course and the bottom of the maintenance building’s driveway. Pieces on #3, #5, and #6 cart paths will done in the near future once the weather allows.

On Monday the fairways and green banks were sprayed for the annual bluegrass weevil. Adult weevils go into the pine litter over the winter and in the spring crawl from the tree rows into the grassy areas, then lay their eggs on the fringes. From there the larva will make their way into the middle of fairways, tees, and greens which will kill grass roots.

Tuesday we sprayed for poa annua on the greens. This will make the greens look white and slows them down while sprayed, but kills the seed of this meadow grass before it can take root and slow down the greens for a length of time later.

We rolled the greens Wednesday and today (Friday), and will roll again tomorrow (Saturday).

Good Golfing! Keep it in the short grass!

#17 and #18 Project

Derry Construction is here today paving the new cart path along #17 and into #18. This completes the project started in the fall that included new tees for both holes. The new path will take golfers up to #17 green, where carts were previously not allowed, and loop them back down to #18 tee.

Derry Construction will also be paving the gravel path to the driving range and doing some patching around the course.

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